Monday, April 28, 2014

Today's challenge was painting this silver service. Lots of drawing and reflective surfaces gave us a lot to work from.
Monday morning flowers. A very straightforward subject and composition. Just flowers in a vase. Tried to keep it true to what I saw, and still add a life of its own to the painting.

Steve Kleier / Artist

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This demonstration uses color to capture the effect of light raking across this old townhouse

These next three photos show a lesson on using a pallet knife to scrape rock shapes into watercolor. The key here is timing, if you scrape to soon the paint runs back and you get a darker area, which is fine if that is what you want. Of you wait to long the paint is already dry and there is virtually no effect.

Steve Kleier / Artist

Thursday, April 3, 2014

I left out a lot of objects to make the composition more manageable and simplified the color to focus the mood.15x22 watercolor.

This lonely truck didn't have a lot of interest beyond the over all shape and, there was no background to speak of so I used an abstract color wash in the beginning to add some excitement.

There is not much drawing here so the focus of this painting is the color harmony.

I set up this scene with plaster pots and artificial flowers to have an informal and "past it's prime" vibe. OSA Monday morning class.